2012 Sedona Wedding Boot Camp Pictorial Essay

The much anticipated pictorial essay from the 2012 Sedona Wedding Boot Camp, by Sedona Bride Photography, surpasses all expectations, as did the event itself.  Katrina Wallace and Andrew Mejia’s sensational images tell the story of the joyous day more than words could ever describe.  These gorgeous images illustrate why the Sedona Wedding Studio, in only two short years, became Sedona’s standard of excellence and Northern Arizona’s largest and most comprehensive wedding organization.

We are pleased that Sedona-bound brides who could not attend this year’s event, now have the opportunity to see, through this pictorial essay, the level of quality, talent and trend-setting designs they can expect to see when visiting The Sedona Wedding Studio and next year’s 2013 Sedona Wedding Boot Camp.

The event more than quadrupled in size and attendance over the previous year.  The morning began with excited brides embarking on venue tours of L’Auberge de Sedona and Tlaquepaque Arts And Crafts Village before returning to join other brides who already had confirmed venues.  Transportation was provided by Sedona Trolley, White Tie Limousine and Northern Arizona Limousines.  Sedona Golf Resort and Sedona Rouge  also held scheduled site tours of their properties in conjunction with the boot camp.

Even more transportation options were available with several vehicles on display in the SWS parking area.  Brides were able to see Sedona’s famous Pink Jeeps and fabulous Mercedes luxury vans from Silver Spur Tours.  A Day In The West Jeep Tours was there with their colorful drivers dressed in authentic old west attire.  Sedona Wine Country Tours representative, Laura Vandergrift, was there to discuss her wonderful tours.

The Sedona Wedding Bootcamp is quite different from the traditional wedding show.  Typical of Sedona Wedding Studio innovation, brides loved the new concept and were raving about the new stylish boutique look of what we call the “hybrid wedding show.”  No one left disappointed.  The most noticeable difference was the focus on designer tables, seminars and venue tours.

We hope you enjoy these images and see first-hand why so many Sedona brides are choosing the Sedona Wedding Studio to produce their romantic Sedona wedding, no matter how large or small their weddings actually are.  Congratulations to the Sedona Wedding Studio membership for producing the most lovely wedding event Sedona has seen to date.

As brides entered the building, they were greeted by beautiful designer vignettes and gorgeous flowers in every direction by Ken Heflin of Events By Show Stoppers.  Dos Geckos, a popular Sedona duo, including guitarist, Bill Barns, and Larry Perkins on violin ( 928-284-1131 ), set the mood by playing popular wedding selections to the delight of newly engaged couples as they enjoyed the surroundings.  Concert harpist, Sara Casciani (928-526-3488), played heavenly selections in the SWS showroom.

The Sedona Wedding Studio showroom was displayed and ready to go just before the doors opened at 10:00 am.

Those couples who entered the boot camp through Sedona Cake Couture began their boot camp experience with eye-popping displays of fabulous cakes and sweets in every style, color, shape and flavor imaginable.  The irresistible aroma of cakes baking in Andrea’s state-of-the-art kitchen permeated the entire studio making it hard to focus on anything but Andrea’s famous mouth-watering cakes.

The first 40 brides were gifted with delicious custom miniature wedding cakes in an assortment of delicious flavors. Brides also received a canvas tote bag with a couture map of Sedona, by Stephannie Barba Couture Maps, showing popular area attractions, famous landmarks and important Sedona wedding sites.

A beautiful Sedona Wedding Studio membership guide was included in every bag, along with vendor marketing material.  The lovely guide was designed and printed by SWS member, Julie Gibson, of Studio Grace.

Brides attending the Sedona Wedding Boot Camp were treated to make-up and hair styling demonstrations by Liz Margin, Lindsay Hausch and Patricia Vega.  Bill Barns serenaded just steps away, entertaining brides as they stood in line waiting their turns.

Sedona’s iconic restauranteur and caterer, Lisa Dahl, and Scott Yates of Cucina Rustica, served delicious samples.

Lisa signed her best selling cookbook release, “The Elixir Of Life.”

Delicious samples were in every room of the Sedona Wedding Studio, as well as in the adjoining Inspiration Pavilion.

Heartline Cafe, Perfection Catering, Cucina Rustica and Red’s Catering wowed couples with their scrumptious selections.

Candace Walters, of Victorian Cowgirl, designer of beautiful couture wedding gowns, displayed many of her favorite creations.  Brides were delighted as they spoke with the models and Candace about their wedding dresses.

Gorgeous models wore the exquisite fashions as they moved through the crowd while carrying beautiful wedding bouquets designed by Ken Heflin, of Events By Show Stoppers.

Everyone took their turn resting their feet in the lounge area of the Inspiration Pavilion.

Under the direction of Show Stoppers’ set designer, Samyo Shannon, and his team, Andres Barron ( Ninõ ), Ed Palmero and Marla Fay, the interior of the Inspiration Pavilion was draped in billowing sheer fabrics.  Charming lanterns converged at the apex of the tent, then cascaded down in a chandelier effect just above a birch arbor.  Colorful lighting effects accentuated the fabrics.

 Events By Show Stoppers provided all the decor, including flowers, draping, lighting and custom window arches that were installed over the draped walls.  Debb Beggs, Classic Party Rentals, generously provided the tenting, carpeting, heating, furniture and assorted rentals.

The perimeter if the Inspiration Pavilion was full of exquisitely trimmed tables designed to inspire the brides with ideas that could be interpreted into their own weddings.  The center of the tent displayed a birch wedding arbor.

Each of the talented Sedona Wedding Studio coordinators designed their own tables as well as designer tables reserved by Platinum sponsors.

Margaret Van Damme, Van Damme Weddings, designed the L’Auberge table with a charming Country French motif.

The details were very clever, such as this cute table sign made of Scrabble game pieces.

A neutral color palette with mossy green and gold accents was perfect for L’Auberge.

Laura Marolakos, Heart of Sedona Weddings, designed this colorful table for Tlaquepaque.  The Old-World Mexican theme inspired brides to think beyond the ordinary and consider their surroundings when choosing their decor.

Laura incorporated details of crepe-paper flowers, ceramic tiles, paper accessories, Mexican folk art and classic vintage lace linens.

Karen Lynn, Sedona Wedding Planner, puts the finishing touches on her rich-red and brown themed table.  Wildflower linens provided the gorgeous table cloth….

…. and the opulent chair covers.

So much was going on.  Bobby Russell, Sedona Sounds, announced prizes and played current tunes between the seminars. Food was being passed, displays enjoyed, venues considered, ideas discussed, friendships made and-on-and-on. Everyone throughly enjoyed themselves all day long.

Brides loved meeting other brides and interacting with SWS members.  Lots of contacts and friendships were made.  The air was full of joy, love and excitement.

Sedona’s wedding community was putting its best foot forward, making brides feel welcomed, pampered and confident.

J.B. ( Judi ) Bloomfield, Sedona Luxury Weddings and Events, designed her table and The Sedona Hilton Resort’s table. We loved her vintage look even incorporating an old vintage screen.

J.B. used vintage heirloom tableware, old frames, bottles, old curios and candle-filled jars in her vision.

Laura Marolakos, Heart of Sedona Weddings, designed this vintage French table that was a big hit with the brides.

Laura incorporated various vintage fashion props, curios and keepsake elements in her design.

Laura’s color pallet was light, feminine and romantic.  The outstanding paper products were designed by Sedona Wedding Studio member, Julie Gibson of Studio Grace.

Margaret Van Damme, Van Damme Weddings, used a beautiful complementary color scheme with lots of texture and depth.

The beautiful linens were procured through Wildflower Linens.

Margaret’s lovely paper products were provided by SWS member,  The Aerialist Press.

The designer tables were popular with the brides, inspiring their sense of creativity!

The seminars were very informative, helping brides get direction and insider tips from Sedona’s best professionals.

Debb Beggs, Classic Party Rentals, answered questions concerning all aspects of rentals and tenting.

Included in the days festivities were Taryn Bills, Serendipity Video, who will have a film of the day’s activities coming soon to this website.  Bobby Russell, Sedona Sounds, was the DJ and Master of Ceremonies for the day.  Reverend Shanandoah Sterling, Sterling Weddings Of Sedona was there and gave her undivided attention to countless brides. Diana DeMayo, Uptown Massage, gave neck massages in the SWS conference room that had been specially converted for privacy.

All five of our member publications were available to give out their latest editions.  Kelly Gill, Phoenix Bride and Groom Magazine, Angie Van Daele, The Wedding Chronicle, and Christine Kelly of Arizona’s Finest Wedding Sites and Services met with brides and handed out their magazines.  Arizona Bride Magazine and Arizona Weddings Magazine were available in the Inspiration Pavillion.

19 SWS member venues were represented.  Katie Draxler, Sedona Golf Resort, Angela Medlin, Seven Canyons Golf Club and Tony Rizzo, Oak Creek Country Club were there to meet and greet brides.

The Sedona Wedding Boot Camp closed at 5:00 when the last bride finally left.  What a fabulous event produced by The Sedona Wedding Studio.  Everyone had a fantastic time, did lots of business, made appointments and celebrated another huge leap in advancing the Sedona wedding communities image.  Romance, humor, knowledge, creativity, music, excitement, talent and community were the fuel that catapulted this year’s 2012 Sedona wedding Boot Camp into fast forward, making it the front runner of Sedona wedding events.  What a great show!











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